Well Named Title…

August 29, 2011 at 3:57 pm (Achievements, Snark)

I often have difficulty naming my toons, hence you’ll often see repeats.  However, I’ve been giving it some thought, and I suspect that if I were to go after a certain title, the proper name might make more sense…

  • of the Four Winds – Breeze, Gale
  • Professor _ – Jones, Moriarty, Marvel (Wizard of Oz), Roy Hinkley (Gilligan’s Island), Hubert Farnsworth (Futurama), Plum (Clue)
  • of Ironforge – Steel, Bronze
  • Jenkins – Anya (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Carl (Starship Troopers), Leroy (one “e”, Jazz musician)
  • Bane of the Fallen King – Brutus
  • Of the Nightfall –  Asimov (Isaac Asimov wrote the novel Nightfall)
  • The Kingslayer – Jamie, Lanister (Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin)
  • Chef – Emeril, Wolfgang or Puck, Julia (Child)
  • The Seeker – Ullii or Myllii (from the Well of Echoes novels), James (Potter, of Harry Potter fame)
  • Salty – Cracker
  • The Explorer – Drake, Magellan, MPolo, Cabot, Vespucci
  • Gladiator – Maximus, Jubo, Proximo (Ridley Scott), Spartacus, Heston
  • Duelist – Burr, Hamilton
  • Ambassador – Inara, Serra (Firefly)
  • The Insane – Sickles (Dan Sickles was successfully in pleading temporary insanity in regards to a cold-blooded murder),
  • Brewmaster – Twoexes (Dos Equis)
  • Elder – Scroll (after Elder Scrolls
  • Pilgrim – Bradford (William Bradford, of the Plymouth colonists), Carver (John Carver of the same group)
  • The Hallowed – Ichabod, Crane, Irving
  • Corporal – Punishment, Klinger (M*A*S*H – be sure to have a face with a prominent nose)
  • Sergeant– Schultz, York
  • Knight – ofnee
  • Commander – Adama (Battlestar Galactica)
  • Marshal – Penny (Laverne & Shirley, director of A League of Their Own), Garry (creator Happy Days, director of Pretty Woman)

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Friday Screenshot 8-26-11

August 26, 2011 at 2:45 am (Friday Screenshot)

From the >Sword of Azeroth> first 25-man Beth kill.  15 worthless bonus points to the first person to name the reference below.

To the everlasting glory of the infantry, shines the name of Roger Young…

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Baleroc – Meet the Keymaster!

August 25, 2011 at 1:48 am (Raiding)

<Sword of Azeroth> is climbing the charts again.  The dance was a marathon one, but after two <5% wipes, we finally agreed it was time to finish him and move on.

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Boys Playing Girl Elves Rejoyce

August 22, 2011 at 1:31 am (Game Developments, Snark)

I'm so hot, I'll melt the Frozen Throne!

I suppose the old saw is officially true, if you wait long enough, items long out of fashion eventually come back to the mainstream.  With the forthcoming patch 4.3, you will now be able to transmogrify your gear, transferring the stats to a piece of armor you already own (of similar type and stats).  I’m certain that most of the game can’t wait to see Elves of various persuasion questing and raiding once again in skimpy plate; and those who say they don’t are lying.  Aside from the skimpy costumes, I expect there to be some interesting changes, and of course, the opportunity to make some cash.  Unlike most previous patches, however, you can begin preparing for these changes now, and be on the cutting edge when the patch drops.

Look for a resurgence of old raid runs, particularly those early ones where the gear tokens drop directly off the bosses, instead of using the current point structure for the majority of the gear.  Raid leaders, this is a time to get noticed.  Start running some of the older raids and have the raid group wearing complete sets of tier gear – but with your new stats.  The look of your entire guild standing on the bank steps wearing say, Tier 4 gear, can’t be ignored.  And, if you’re recruiting, trust me, you’ll stand out with a group of members wearing the gear and riding on their guild mounts.  And your group photos will now look like a classy private school class, rather than folks wearing clashing armor!

Won’t all that good stuff cost loads of gold?  Who’s going to have the cash to do all of this?  Relax folks, the swami knows all.  Sadly, he isn’t telling me either.  But, to ease your wallet, you may wish to start hording some of the skimpier and cool looking blues and greens that drop.  That’s right, don’t send all the goodies to the AH until you know what it looks like on you.  Unless, that is, you’re on the Undermine server and playing Alliance.  Then, sell it all, at Labor Day blow-out sale prices.

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Where We Are…

August 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm (Raiding)

Upon getting back from my brief hiatus, I noticed we’re somewhat farther along then when I left.  We’re not into heroics yet, but the pic below describes how we roll.  Special thanks to Lilmiss from <Swords of Azeroth> for a great picture!

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Guild Recruiting Methods

August 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm (Guild Relationships, Snark)

Does your guild need more players? Spamming the trade channel and the official forums not working? Perhaps it’s time to take a new tack, and try something different. In that vein, I present the following unconventional, but effective, means of advertising your guild’s need for skill.

* Bumper Stickers: They’ve worked so well for the parents of honor roll students, so putting “My Guild went 6/7 in Normal Mode” with contact information will certainly drive new applicants to you.

* T-Shirts.  Classic advertising, in the form of “<UberNoobs> downed the Litch King, and all I got was this crappy T-shirt.”  Who wouldn’t want to join a guild that drops this kind of loot.  For bonus points, make sure the shirt is purple … unless your guild name is <RedShirtGuys>.

* Church Bulletin Board: Rather effective if you remind the parishioners that “<Resurrection> is actively recruiting Shadow Priests and Warlocks.”

* Sandwich Board on the Sidewalk:  This method has worked wonders for $5 pizzas, discount tax preparers, and Cub Scout carwashes.

* Public Access Television:  It did wonders for Wayne and Garth, and if they’re up at midnight watching TV, you know they have the right lifestyle for raiding.

* Highway Billboard: A hot girl wearing a nelf costume, with the following text: “Play with me every night.  <Lonelyndesperate> Moon Guard – US.”  If the recruits don’t come a floodin’ in, it’s because you put it in Amish country.

* Booth at San Diego Comic-Con.  The audience is targeted correctly.  The only problem you may have is convincing the same guild that wouldn’t cough up $10 a month for a vent server to lay out that kind of cash.

* Chief Sponsor for a NASCAR Truck team:  The trucks race on Friday nights, so you know that viewers don’t have a social life to get in the way, and NASCAR fans are some of the most brand-loyal people around.

* On the back of an Alexstrasa costume:  The first rule of advertising is the same as real-estate: location, location, location.  It doesn’t matter if the print is small, it WILL be read.  I wonder if Nads is available…

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